Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters plan to ambush Harry Potter when he leaves the Dursley home with the Order of the Phoenix for the final time. While talking about this plan, Voldemort kills Hogwarts' old Muggle Studies teacher, Professor Charity Burbage. The Dursleys, who have always disdained and mocked the magical world, finally agree to allow the Order to place them in hiding to protect them from Voldemort once Harry's magical protection expires on his 17th birthday. Voldemort also seeks a new wand to defeat Harry's wand, and takes Lucius Malfoy's, with high hopes that it will kill Harry. Members of the Order arrive to escort Harry to a safe house (before his 17th birthday), including recently married Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks, making use of Polyjuice potion to produce six Potter decoys. Nonetheless, they are attacked en route by Death Eaters. Harry narrowly escapes, while Hedwig (Harry's owl), and Mad-Eye Moody are killed. George Weasley loses an ear to Severus Snape's Sectumsempra. Harry is confronted by Voldemort, but his wand destroys Malfoy's in a wave of golden fire. At the Burrow, Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour arrives to give Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger bequests from Albus Dumbledore's will. Ron receives the Deluminator, and Hermione is left a children's book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Harry inherits Godric Gryffindor's Sword and the Snitch he caught in his first-ever Quidditch match, bearing the mysterious phrase "I open at the close". The sword, however, was kept by the Ministry, who claimed it to be 'an important historical artifact.' The trio, while puzzled, presume the items will help them in their Horcrux hunt.